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Dog Owners Seeking Out American-Made Pet Treats After Concern Grows over China Recalls

‘Made in the U.S.A.’ Label Symbol of Quality Assurance at Nylabone®

October 17, 2007


Amid the rush of recalls of Chinese-produced pet foods and children’s toys, American dog owners are taking a closer look at product labels on canine treats, chews and other playthings. These “pet parents” want to find out first-hand where these items are made to ensure their quality and safety.


What they are discovering is that most Nylabone® Products are “Made in the U.S.A.” — a distinction that is prominently illustrated on its packaging with a golden retriever waving Old Glory herself.


“In the months since the recalls, a growing number of pet parents want to be sure that the dog products they are buying are free of anything that may be harmful to the health and well-being of their pets,” says Mark E. Johnson, executive vice president of Nylabone Products and parent company T.F.H. Publications, Inc. In fact, many pet parents are specifically asking what ingredients are used, the origins of those items and whether the products are made entirely in the United States, he adds.


“For over 50 years, Nylabone has been the leader in responsible pet care. The ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ label on our products has become a long-standing symbol of quality assurance and a commitment to product excellence,” Johnson says.


The majority of Nylabone Products are made at its Neptune, N.J.-based headquarters, including its popular Durable and Flexible non-edible chews, NutriDent® dental chews, Healthy Edibles® wholesome chews, Prime Choice® edible snacks, and its newest line, VidaÔ (certified) Organic Treats.


The renewed interest in American-made dog foods and treats has triggered an increased demand for Nylabone Products among pet retailers. They are available at most major pet retailers, as well as on the pet shelves of most major mass retail chains and supermarkets.


Since March 2007, pet food manufacturers have recalled more than 150 brands of dog and cat food across the nation after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found contaminants in ingredients imported from China. Most recently, lead-tainted paint was found on children’s toys made by Chinese manufacturers, prompting product recalls by several major U.S. toymakers.

Pet Product Safety Check List

In selecting dog chews and treats that are safe and healthy as part of an overall nutritionally balanced diet, Johnson offers pet parents this advice:

  • Read the product packaging for the manufacturer source or distributor, as well as the ingredients.
  • If you have any question about whether a pet food has been recalled, check the FDA’s Web site at www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html to review the latest list of recalled products.
  • Call your veterinarian if your pet shows signs of illness, such as loss of appetite, weakness, lack of energy or vomiting.
About Nylabone® Products

Nylabone® Products is a respected producer of premium dog products, and the Leader in Responsible Pet Care for Over 50 Years.™ Nylabone is a division of T.F.H. Publications, Inc., the world’s most distinguished publisher of high-quality care and training books for pets. Nylabone is recognized for its excellence, quality, innovation and leadership in today’s pet industry. Its patented and patent-pending products are frequently industry award-winners. Nylabone is a subsidiary of Central Garden & Pet Company.For more information, visit www.nylabone.com.

About Central Garden & Pet Company

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the pet and lawn and garden supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, its products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers in the following categories: Lawn and Garden – Grass seed including the brands Pennington and the Rebels; wildbird feed and the brands Pennington and Kaytee; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO, Sevin, Ironite, and Over ’N Out; and decorative outdoor patio products and the brands Norcal, New England Pottery and Matthews Four Seasons. It also provides a host of regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies.

Pet – Animal health and the brands Adams and Zodiac; aquatics and reptile and the brands Oceanic, Aqueon and RZilla; bird and small animal and the brands Kaytee, Super Pet, and CritterTrail; dog and cat and the brands T.F.H/Nylabone, Four Paws, Pinnacle and Avoderm; and equine and the brands Farnam, Bronco and Super Mask. It also provides a host of other applications-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet is based in Walnut Creek, Calif., and has approximately 5,000 employees, primarily in North America and Europe.

For additional information on Central Garden & Pet, including access to the company's SEC filings, please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.central.com.


“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts, including expected earnings guidance, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements. These risks are described above and in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Central undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise.

The mounting concern over Chinese-made products is prompting American dog owners to check the labels on canine treats, chews and other playthings. They are discovering that most Nylabone® Products are “Made in the U.S.A.” — a distinction that is prominently illustrated on its packaging with a golden retriever waving Old Glory herself.

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